Though law firms have been downsizing their office footprints of late, the Chicago office of Benesch will more than double in size when the firm moves into 71 S. Wacker Drive this month. The 64,000-square-foot space will be large enough to accommodate approximately 90 attorneys.
The fast-growing firm established its Chicago presence in 2016 with two partners and is currently in a space at 333 W. Wacker with 25,000 square feet of space, big enough for around 50 attorneys. The move is necessary following a series of high-profile hires.
“We’re proud of the team we’re building in Chicago and excited to announce this move,” said Benesch managing partner, Gregg Eisenberg. “From the beginning, we’ve been absolutely committed to doing two things in this market: bringing together talented attorneys to be part of a firm with a vibrant, entrepreneurial culture and then enabling those attorneys with the resources they need to serve clients at the highest possible level. Securing this space is all about honoring that two-part commitment.”
Benesch’s growth, achieved almost entirely via lateral hires, reflects the execution of a strategic plan launched by Eisenberg in 2015. More than 70 attorneys have joined the firm nationally in the last 18 months. And, since making its debut on the AmLaw 200 list in 2016, the firm has advanced 19 places and is currently ranked at number 176.